New thank you notes arrived today from being printed @jakprints ! I have so many of these that I need to send this week.


Gluten-Free Peach & Cherry Cobbler with Almonds

Gluten-Free Peach & Cherry Cobbler with Almonds

Somehow, the unofficial end of sun soaked days is upon us. White is verboten. Kids are back in school. Trips to the beach aren’t quite what they had been the past few months (I mean, I can sense the shift even if I haven’t made it to the beach that is 10 minute walk from my front door all summer…)

I’m not quite ready to give it up.  I mean, the polar vortex is still too fresh a memory – I don’t…

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Making nerd art because I can’t sleep. #painsomnia #comealongpond


45: We need never be hopeless

45: We need never be hopeless

Please, remember this.

“We need never be hopeless because we are never irreparably broken.” – John Green

I need to remember it. When the nights get long. Or I notice just how long it has been since I wore real pants. Or a breeze hits and sends my nerves into a tizzy. (more…)

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Peach Strawberry Carrot Smoothie

{new recipe} Peach Strawberry Carrot Smoothie

This month’s flavor of the month is Peach. Check back each Wednesday for a new recipe highlighting this fantastic fruit!

Green smoothies are a thing. In fact, they are a thing that happens to be part of my morning nearly every day. (I have to counteract the cupcakes somehow…)

I add everything from spinach and kale to mint and parsley into my morning concoctions. Some days they have chia seeds or…

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Gluten-Free Almond Cupcakes with Honey Merengue Buttercream and Apricot filling

{new recipe} Gluten-Free Almond Cupcakes with Honey Merengue Buttercream and Apricot filling

gluten-free almond cupcake with honey merengue buttercream | a gluten-free cupcake recipe from frannycakes.com

I really just want to share these gluten-free cupcakes with you.

It’s no secret that I think cupcakes have magic healing powers. Or that they are a divine sort of therapy. This particular recipe is no exception. Actually, it might just be the cupcake that proves the rule.

This summer hasn’t been quite what I had planned for myself. There haven’t been neighborhood festivals every week or long…

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Relish 19: Your regularly scheduled programming

Relish 19: Your regularly scheduled programming

relish 19 | july 2014 | frannycakes picks gluten-free treatsRelish is a compendium of things to enjoy greatly and that add a little flavor to your gluten-free life. And it is fresh, sunny and a tropical treat.

Relish will return next month full of gluten-free delights, a fresh perspective and hopefully a bushel of apples. For now, I am going to cuddle up with preview copies of Colette Martin’s The Allergy Free Pantry and Silvana Nardone’s Silvana’s Gluten…

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Steak with parsley mustard sauce

{new recipe} Steak with parsley mustard sauce

Some days, I really, really just want dinner in a hurry.

And I don’t want dinner out of a box. (No offense, gluten-free macaroni and cheese, you’re just not an option every day.)

I actually don’t keep food in a box in my apartment. It forces me to make real food. One of my best tricks? Steak dinner in 15 minutes.

Seriously good food with steak, parsley and some pantry ingredients. This dish…

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Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.